Book #4 (April/May) – Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking Glass


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This month’s book is: Alice’s Adventure’s in Wonderland by Lewis Carrol.


Summary (from BN.com):
When Alice tumbles down, down, down a rabbit-hole one hot summer’s afternoon in pursuit of a White Rabbit she finds herself in Wonderland. And there begin the fantastical adventures that will see her experiencing extraordinary changes in size, swimming in a pool of her own tears and attending the very maddest of tea parties. For Wonderland is no ordinary place and the characters that populate it are quite unlike anybody young Alice has ever met before. In this imaginary land she encounters the savagely violent Queen, the Lachrymose Mock Turtle, the laconic Cheshire Cat and the hookah-smoking Caterpillar, each as surprising and outlandish as the next.





Discussion Questions:

1. If you’ve never read the story before, what is your first impression of the book? If you have read the story before, how do you feel about reading the story again?


Chapter 1:

2. What would you do if you saw the White Rabbit? Would you follow him?

3. Do you believe Alice is dreaming? Or is this a figment of her imagination?


Chapter 2:

4. Why is the smallest door the only one Alice is able to get through? Is there any significance behind this?  Is there any significance to Alice’s constant changing size?

Movie Comparison: In the book, the door handle doesn’t speak. In the cartoon movie, it does. Why make it talk in the movie instead of Alice realizing on her own about the key and the bottle that says “Drink Me?”



Chapter 3:

6. What is the significance of the Caucus Race, if there is one?

7. After seeing the White Rabbit, would your reaction be different or the same upon seeing the talking mouse and the birds?


Chapter 4:

8. At this point, what effect is Wonderland having on Alice’s logic? Do you feel Wonderland is a version of what’s going on in Alice’s own mind as she enters adulthood?

9. Alice states that she used to read fairy tales and is now in the middle of one. Does this statement change your response to question #3 (or #9) about what Wonderland is to Alice?

10. Why do you feel the puppy Alice meets is ordinary compared to the magical land it lives in?

Movie Comparison: Why do you think the puppy was removed from the Alice in Wonderland movies?


Chapter 5:

11. If Wonderland is Alice’s own logic, what role does the Caterpillar play?

12. What is your take on the riddle Alice recites, “You are Old, Father William?” Why does the Caterpillar say that Alice’s version is wrong from beginning to end?



Chapter 6:

13. Why does the Duchess’s baby turn out to be a pig?

14. Why does the Cheshire Cat say that if Alice is in Wonderland she must be mad, too?


Chapter 7:

15. Why is Time a “him” and not an “it?”

16. Why is a raven like a writing desk?

17. Explain the difference between these phrases:
– I mean what I say and I say what I mean
– I see what I eat and I eat what I see
– I like what I get and I get what I like
– I breathe when I sleep and I sleep when I breathe



Chapter 8:

18. Why the Queen of Hearts? Is there any significance to that suit being used instead of the others? Why playing cards?

19. How do you feel about the role reversal in Wonderland, where inanimate objects talk and rule over other creatures, and living things like animals are used as croquet equipment?



Chapter 9:

20. Why does the Duchess try to find a moral in everything? How is this reflected in Alice’s logic?

21. What’s your view on the Mock Turtle’s defintion of “Lessons?”


Chapter 10:

No Questions for this Chapter


Chapter 11:

22. Why is the court room the same as the courts in Alice’s reality? How does it relate to the Caucus race?


Chapter 12:

23. In this chapter, when does Alice start to realize Wonderland is a dream and she can wake up from it?

24. Why does Alice’s sister imagine some of the things Alice has told her about her dream?

25. What is the significance of the end? Did Alice grow up since the beginning?





Other Questions:

26. At this point, who is your favorite character and why?

27. Which character can you most relate to?

28. What’s your favorite “weird” thing in Wonderland?

Book Club Dare (optional): Watch Alice in Wonderland, either the cartoon movie, the live version, or both if you havent already seen them. Leave a comment on which you liked better and how they compare to the novel.

Book Club Project (optional): Create one of the crafts/recipes from this link, and leave a comment about it. Include a link to a photo of what you created.



Through the Looking Glass


Chapter 1:

1. Explain the difference between the world through the Looking Glass and the world of Wonderland. How are they both different in comparison to the way Alice experiences them?

2. Why do you think Alice is invisible to the Chess Peices?


Chapter 2:

3. Everytime Alice tries to leave the garden she returns back home. Why?

4. Does the Queen’s telling of the squares Alice will land on in the chess game, foreshadow who she will meet in the later chapters?


Chapter 3:

5. Already, Alice’s adventures are following the chess board game rules, by jumping to the next two squares while on the train. How do you feel about the story being told in relation to playing chess?

6. Alice learns that through the looking glass everything is named for what it is and is supposed to do. In her world everything is named to classify or label certain things. Which way do you feel is the better way of naming?


Chapter 4:

7. In this chapter, TweedleDee and TweedleDum tell Alice that she is a figment of the Red King’s dream and that if he wakes up she will disappear. Why  does this bother Alice? What does it say about the existance of people, or the creation of people by God?





Chapter 5:

8. The White Queen tells Alice to believe in the impossible, afte Alice claims living to 100 is impossible. Do you believe in the impossible? Is the impossible, possible?


Chapter 6:

9. In this chapter, Humpty believes that every name including proper ones, should have some significant meaning. How does this differ or compare to what the Gnat told Alice in Chapter 3?

10. What does Humpty mean when he says that when he makes words work hard, he always pays extra?





Chapter 7:

11. In this chapter, “nobody” is confused for a person named “Nobody.” What does this say about language in the Looking Glass and what has been repeatedly said in different chapters about words and their meanings? Can you think of another story in which “nobody” is confused for a real person? (There is another story!)

12. The Unicorn tells Alice that if she believes in him, he will believe in her. What do you think about this bargain?


Chapter 8:

13. Are you like the White Knight, always prepared for everything? Why is being prepared for everything both a good thing and a bad thing?


Chapter 9:

14. Why do think all of the poems are about fishes?





Chapter 10 & 11:

No questions for these chapters.


Chapter 12:

15. Whose dream do you think it really was, Alice’s or the Red King’s?


Other Questions:

16. Who is your favorite character now that you have read both stories?

17. What is your favorite “weird thing” in Through the Looking Glass?

18. Which story do you like better and why?

19. Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

20. Now that you have read these stories, for which age group would you assume this book was meant to be for? Why?

Discussion Project (optional): Describe your perfect Wonderland. What characters would you discover? Would your Wonderland be weird and unusual, or normal like real life?

Book Club Dare (optional): Give your copy of Alice in Wonderland away to someone else who might enjoy the story. Share the Madness! (Only give away your copy if you own it, don’t give away library books!)





 Alice in Wonderland Scavenger Hunt!

Members were asked to find objects relating to the “Alice” stories and take a picture of them. Here are the results!

 

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42 responses to “Book #4 (April/May) – Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking Glass

  1. 1. I read it first as a child (something between age 10 and 15) and I am excited to read it again because now I might discover something totally new in the book! 🙂 Good choice, thanks!

    2. Hehe, good question! I think I would because I am quite a curious person and I am longing for wonders in my life. But on the other hand… I might also get shy or suspicious sometimes, so who knows. But I hope when I really happen to see the White Rabbit then I have the courage to follow him! 😛

    3. Dreams consist of memories and imagination which get double-twisted and twirled in our heads. But it is beautiful to believe that some dreams are messages from other worlds and so might be the dream of Alice. Moreover, who knows what is real and what not? Maybe I’m only dreaming of answering Your questions right now? 😉

  2. 1. I only saw the movies and never read the book. My first impression of the book is that it will be similar to the movies, but way better.

    2. If I saw the “White Rabbit,” I would probably follow him, because a rabbit that talks and has a pocket watch is quite extraordinary. I think it would also be interesting to see where he was going and why.

    3. Alice is probably dreaming, but she could have also come across another world within her own world. Or maybe she was reading a book and dreamt she was one of the characters in the imaginary world.

  3. 1. I never read the book, only saw the movies. My first impression is that it will be just as unusual as the movies were!

    2. If I saw the White Rabbit, I’d probably follow him. I’d definitely wonder if I was seeing things if I saw a rabbit with a pocket watch…

    3. She could be dreaming. But where’s the fun in that? Isnt it better to think that its not a dream? Cause, I mean, dont we all wish there was a Wonderland to visit?

  4. 1. I’ve never read the book, only seen the movies, I can’t wait to read it I think it will be even better than the movies.

    2. I would definitely follow him, a talking white rabbit just shouts adventure and fun.

    3. Alice might be dreaming but maybe the real world for her is a dream and wonderland is reality. I keep hoping the real world is a dream for me but maybe I just haven’t found a way to wake up yet.

  5. 1.I’ve read this novel several times and i always enjoy that feeling from my childhood when i first know about Alice and her adventures. As a philologist i also admire the style of this book and the riddles of Carrol, this novel is interesting for adults too!
    2.I thought about this idea in my childhood and i definitley can say that i would follow him. He promises adventures and magic, and i always in for such things.
    3.I alwas believed that she was dreaming, but after this question, i am not sure. She might be living a real life in her dream, and it’s wonderful!

  6. 1. I’ve read Alice In Wonderland a couple times, but the most recent time was a few years ago. I always love to re-read it because I always get something new out of it! (The first time I read it I was 10 years old and it was the most fascinating thing I had ever read and I think it really inspired a love of reading in me.)
    2. Of course I would follow the white rabbit! He’s just too “curious” not to!
    3. Part of me believes she was dreaming, but part of me thinks there really is a Wonderland down the rabbit hole!

  7. 4. I think the small door and Alice having to grow smaller to fit through it signifies her feeling small in such a big world. It may also signify that she is having trouble transitioning from being a child to a young adult.

    5. Movie Comaprision: I think the door handle speaks in the movie, because it is easier for a child to understand, rather than try to figure out the dialogue going on in Alice’s mind, because it would be confusing.

    6. The Caucus race could be how Alice is feeling. Sort of like she is running in circles in this new world she has come upon, because she can’t seem to get anywhere or relate to the characters she meets.

    7. The other talking animals probably wouldn’t surprise me after seeing the rabbit. I would think it was just a normal part of the world.

    8. Alice’s logic becomes distorted when she is in Wonderland, so it may be that she isn’t certain about who she really is or what she knows, like she has said in the book.

    9. Alice does seem to refer to being in a fairytale when she is in Wonderland, because to her all that is going on can’t possibly be real, because such things aren’t logical. I still think she is dreaming and interpreting her real life as a fantasy world to escape the everyday humdrum and growing into an adult.

    10. The puppy is a symbol of realism which Alice comes across when she herself is not really herself in the strange world where nothing is as it seems.

    11. Movie comparison: I think the puppy was left out, because it was too ordinary and probably wouldn’t fit well in such a bizarre place like Wonderland.

  8. 4. I think the small door reflects Alice’s growing up and coming of age. She is starting to become a teenager, but is still a child in someways. The door shows how you can do somethings as a teenager (tall) but that somethings are not for children (small).

    5. Movie Comparison: I think the door handle talks in the movie because it was a way for Alice to discover the key and the drink without having to think for herself. Plus, I also think it was a chance to make something ordinary turn into something unusual because it is well, Wonderland.

    6. The Caucus race symbolizes Alice’s mind, I think. It shows how she can not come to a conclusion or make sense of things. The continuing circle reflects Alice’s continuing thoughts that never lead somewhere.

    7. I think anything in Wonderland would surprise me, considering everything is new and unusual each time you across something.

    8. I think Wonderland is having a great effect on Alice’s logic. I think Wonderland is definitely a version of Alice’s real life, in a way that might make sense to her in a non-sensical way.

    9. Alice’s statement probably means that she thinks her own life is a fairy tale. That things other kids told her about adolescence was only a fantasy to her, and now that she is experiencing it, its all very real.

    10. I think the puppy was ordinary because something had to be ordinary in Wonderland, just like somethings in life are ordinary compared to others. Plus, the puppy probably doesn’t have anything to do with Alice’s transformation into adulthood, so there was no need to make it unusual.

    11. Movie Comparison: What’s the fun in having anything ordinary in a movie?

  9. 12. The caterpillar asks Alice “Who are you?,” so maybe it is a part of Alice’s mind that is asking her who she thinks she is. All young people are trying to “find” out who they really are. It may also be part of the adult reasoning in Alice’s mind, because the caterpillar scolds her and treats her like a child who is ignorant.

    13. The riddle was confusing to me. I am not quite positive what it reflects in the story. The caterpillar reminds me of an adult who thinks they know everything, because of their age, in comparison to a younger person. It could be how Alice feels when she is around adults, because she is always told she knows very little of the world.

  10. 4. I think the small door is when she feels less sure of herself and her constant size changes might represent the changes she feels on a daily basis where one minute she might feel confident and feel big and the other moment she might not and feel small.
    5. Movie Comparison. I think the door handle talks in the movie because the inner dialoge in her mind would be too hard to follow and it defintely makes it more interesting in the movie.

  11. 6. the caucus race shows Alice’s confusion of the new place she is in.
    7. I don’t think talking animals would suprise me much or at all.
    8. Wonderland is affecting her logic so that she may be more uncertain of who and where she is.
    9. Alice refers to being in a fairytale because of all the un-normal and odd stuff hapening around her.
    10. The puppy is ordinary to probably counteract all the current oddness surounding Alice and to give her a small sense of normalness.

  12. 11. I think the Caterpillar plays the sexual role in Alice’s logic. She’s beginning to grow up into a teen, and I’m sure things are crossing her mind.
    12. I think the poem has to do with the opposition between young people and older people. Their generations are different, their lifestyles are different. I think Alice relates to this poem since she still cant relate to an adult even though she’s growing up.
    13. This part confused me. I’m not actually sure why the baby turned into a pig.
    14. I think the Cheshire Cat says Alice must be mad too because she’s the one that dreamt up the land, so she’d have to be mad to dream up something so mad as Wonderland.
    15. I’d say Time is a him and not an it because it plays a role in Alice’s growing up.
    16. According to what I read online, a raven is like a writing desk because Poe wrote on both.
    17. I say what I mean, means that I only say things I mean, whereas, I mean what I say means that everything I say I mean, even when I might not mean it. Everybody sees what they eat, but if you ate everything you saw, you’d be eating some weird things. Lots of people like what they get in life, but not everybody gets what they like. Everyone breathes when they sleep, but if everyone slept when they breathed, everyone would be asleep!

    • Movie comparison: the puppy was way too ordinary which was why it was removed
      11. My guess is that’s it’s Alice’s inner self wanting to know if she actually knows herself
      12. The poem was weird, I thought it showed the difference’s of the way young and old people think and I think the caterpillar does act like a know it all adult and feels that he is always right and everyone else is always wrong.
      13. I think the baby turnede into a pig because that is what the dutchess called it.
      14. to be in a placed like Wonderland you would have to be mad because of how crazy everything there is.
      15. Because Father time is male and not an it.
      16. Why is a raven like a writing desk? I don’t know honestly but maybe they used raven feathers as writing instraments which are always placed on desks.
      17. I mean what I say and I say what I mean the difference is how there phrased and their meaning that goes for the rest of the phrases.
      18. The cards are used because you never know what hand you’ll be delt and the Queen of hearts I don’t know what she signifies
      19. Inanimate objects ruling over animals and animals used as croquet equipement I not really sure as of what to think but it woulod be cool to see.
      20. The Dutches seems like the person who findsa moral in everything so she can push it on to other people and it’s reflected in Alice’s logic because she’s seems to want to find a reason for why everyone does what they do.
      21. I like how nonsenical it is and how the lessons lesson an hour each day till they get a day off and I think they start at the begining again.

  13. 14. The Duchess probably has a baby that is a pig, because it only makes sense in Wonderland.

    15. Wonderland is a place where everyone seems to be crazy, so Alice ending up there must mean she has lost her marbles.

    16. I think of “Father Time,” when the book refers to Time as a person. Maybe it’s like somebody having control of Alice’s life.

    17. A raven is like a writing desk? Not sure how it is possible…

    18. If you ate what you saw, you would eat everything possible thing in your view. If a person slept every time they breathed, they would be in a coma for life. The mean what I say and say what I mean…is basically the same and so is the get what I like and like what I get.

    19. The Queen of Hearts may signify Alice’s emotions. I think playing cards are used as characters, because they represent life and you never know what number is going to come out of the suit and life is shuffled around with no knowing of what may happen.

    20. I’m not sure what to think about inanimate objects ruling over animals. Everything seems to be the opposite in Wonderland.

  14. 4. I think we have to take some effort and think like little kids to see real wonders and details. Grownups who rush through life, concerned with their own problems, often miss all the fun kids can notice. The changing size of Alice can reflect everyones feelings about the world: sometimes we feel very little in this big world, sometimes we feel big enough to handle it. But the ones who feel that they are really big, can become bossy and then lonely and sad.

    Movie Comparison: Alice had long dialogues with herself in the book, but maybe these would have been to boring to some movie watchers. A speaking door handle can bring a quicker solution.

    6. The Caucus Race can reflect the “rat race” of people where everyone is racing somewhere not knowing exactly what they want to achieve.The Mouse holding a speech to the animals before the Caucus Race reminds me of a parliament gathering.

    7. I think I would keep on wondering, but maybe not so much as I had seen more.

    8. Alice adapts very quickly to the logic of Wonderland, for example she learns that eating or drinking something makes her size change. She also tries to be very polite to everyone she meets instead of being afraid. I still don’t think that Wonderland is only Alice’s own mind because there are too many things that are new and strange.

    9. We re-experience things from what we have seen or read in our dreams, so if Alice is dreaming the fragment could come from fairy tales. But maybe it’s vice versa and all fairy tales reflect another world(s)?

  15. 1. I have read this book a couple times actually. I have this old copy with a weird velvet cover and I remember reading it when I was really little. I have always been a bit of a nerd so I was mostly reading when I should have been playing with kids my own age. But this book was crazy to me, I liked being able to compare it to the Disney movie and I would also play with my little Alice in Wonderland paper dolls and act out the scenes. I am happy to be reading it again right now 🙂

    2. If I saw the White Rabbit I would probably think I was going crazy or that I was dreaming. I would still follow him though! I think even if I didn’t know about this book I would still follow him because it would be a great story to tell.

    3. I don’t want her to be dreaming! I mean she is though right? I want this to be real! I wish stuff like this could actually happen. So I’ll just say that it is reality…maybe another demision or something :0

    4. I had never really thought about the significance of the door before reading everyone elses comments, but it does make sense. I mean in the beginning she is unhappy with growing up it seems since she does not like books without pictures in them so maybe this is just her being unsure of herself the struggling to grow up….like me!

    Movie comparison: I was thinking this too! I think they made the door knob talk in the cartoon movie to not have so much internal dialogue or introduce another crazy character. Maybe they thought kids would respond to it better or something.

    6. Once again I did not think it had any significance but everyone else on here seems more enlightened then me 😦 It is interesting to read everyone’s theorys though becauase they sound really intelligent to me!

    7. I would probably not be as surprised to seem him again but on the other hand I might just be freaking out the whole time.

  16. 10. I think it is kind of funny when the reader is already expecting something crazy and then the puppy appears to be very ordinary. On the other hand the ordinary size of the puppy brings out the abnormally small size of Alice.

    It think the puppy was removed because it was too ordinary for the film-makers.

  17. 11. The Caterpillar makes Alice think who she really is, but he also acts as a block on the way of development because he is so bossy and makes Alice confused. Solving such confusions makes people stronger and more mature.
    12. The poem shows that old people can be youthful and act childish, too. The caterpillar is like a grown-up who doesn’t believe in childishness at all. Father William and the Caterpillar are total opposites: William is very old, but he acts like a child. The Caterpillar (juvenile form of butterfly!) should be young, but he acts like he is very old and knows everything.

  18. 4. I think that Alice is only able to get through the smallest door because it symbolizes her having to have a childlike wonder or mentality to be able to get to Wonderland in the first place. Maybe it means to show that adults would never be able to truly appreciate a place like Wonderland. I think that her constantly changing size represents her struggling to come to terms with growing up and becoming an adult.

    5. Movie comparison – I think that the doorknob speaks simply for an easier way to get that point across instead of trying to show her inner dialogue so much. Plus, a talking doorknob is fun for kids!

    6. The only significance I can see is that it was put in to show the confusion and nonsense that goes on here in Wonderland and how Alice deals with it.

    7. I think Alice is pretty calm for someone who has shrunk herself and is now coming across talking animals! I would probably be freaking out, but then again if I was a little girl again, maybe I would be more calm and accepting of it all.

    8. Alice’s logic is becoming distorted in different ways. Like now she is realizing the way things work in Wonderland, like being accepting of talking animals and strange foods that make her change sizes. But she’s also starting to sound confused over growing up and getting it confused with her changing size. She’s not sure who she is anymore or what is real anymore. So I think that Wonderland is definitely started to rub off on her.

    9. This goes along with what I said before. She says she used to read fairy tales and now she’s in the middle of one, so it does show that is still thinking “logically” because she remembers her “real” life. It still doesn’t answer whether this is a dream or if Wonderland is a real place!

    10. I always thought the puppy was maybe supposed to show what was happening in the “real” world as Alice was napping peacefully and maybe a puppy ran over by her and was barking at her while she slept. But while she is “dreaming” of Wonderland, she views it as this giant puppy above the trees! Am I making any sense?

    Movie Comparison: I think the puppy was removed from the movies, because it really doesn’t make any sense and everyone can really interpret the meaning in a different way. It’s almost too confusing for Wonderland.

  19. 13. The Duchess treats her baby very roughly and kids who don’t get tender loving care from their parents really don’t become normal human beings!
    14. The world we live in infulences every single one of us. If the world is crazy, we become mad, too.
    15. Time is clearly personified and the Hatter hints that he is personally acquinted with him and has done something to irritate Time, thats why they have always teatime as Time’s revenge.
    16. Both have letter R in them (also in Estonian language by the way – “ronk” and “kirjutuslaud”). Moreover, when a raven streches out its wings standing on the ground, it looks a bit like a writing desk. 😛

  20. 17. In the first sentences you only mean, see and like the things that you say, eat and get, but in the other sentences you should say, eat, and get everything you mean, see and like and this is almost impossible. Everyone breathes while sleeping, but no-one sleeps all the time they are breathing (maybe only the Dormouse!).

    18. Well, maybe it is the craziest possibility because when we think of hearts, the queen should be kind and friendly. But everything is upside down in Wonderland!
    Playing cards can be a hint to the randomness of Wonderland and life in general. Just like in a card game, you never know what happens next!

  21. 22. It’s another splash of normalness and how it relates to the caucas race it that anything related to the goverment seems to go in circles.
    23. when the pack of cards attack her and her scream wakes her up.
    24. she’s hoping in her own way to experience some of the adventure Alice had to avoid having to face reality.
    25. The significance of the end is to remember all the simple thing in life and how they made you happy. I think Alice grew up a little.
    26. favorite character is the Mad Hatter. why? because he started unbirthdays, drinks lots of tea and is completely mad.
    27. character I relate to most. The Chesire cat because I feel like I always say something weird and then dissapear afterwards.
    28. my favorite “weird” thing in Wonderland?The Mad Hatters tea party
    Book Club dare: I watched the cartoon version and I really prefer the book because they put tweedledum and tweedledee in when in the book there in Throught the looking glass plus I didn’t like the singing flowers much.

  22. 19. Actually it should seem cruel especially the way You put it, but in the book it is rather funny. It takes great fantasy to see that flamingos are a bit like crocket bats. Luckily it seems that the players suffer more than flamingos and hedgehogs. 😛 Cards ruling over other creatures can be a hint that rulers of our world are not almighty and they can be easily influenced.

    20. The Duchess is a typical grown-up and many grown-ups think that they should bring out a moral in everything to educate children and teach them good manners. Alice (just like many children hearing a moral talk) thinks it’s a nuisance, but she still stays polite.

    21. The lessons Mock Turtle had have names which come from real lessons but they mean totally different things and this makes them funny. Actually some of the names reflect the real situation in school: some children are ambitous, the attention of some is always distracted and so on… 🙂

    22. The court is held by playing cards and animals who act madly, so it is funny to imagine them in a real-looking court room. This is a parody for a real court, but for every good parody some things should stay the same. The speech of the mouse in front of other animals before the Caucus Race was similar to a speech at the parliament, so the author is making fun of power instances.

    23. Alice might realise something when she understands that she is talking to a deck of cards, but I think she doesn’t know for sure before she is really woken up.

    24. Alice’s sister really cares about her and she wants to understand her better. That’s why she continues pondering over Alice’s adventures and sees them in her dream when she falls asleep.

    25. Literally Alice grows up only in her sisters dream, but I think Alice learned a lot from her dream: being curious, patient, polite and sympathetic, also speaking out for herself, if necessary. The sister’s dream means that she will be a very good grown-up one day, but now she is still a little girl.

    26. The Cheshire Cat! The only one Alice can call her friend in Wonderland and who is really interested in how Alice is doing. The constant smile and ability to appear and disappear are also cool. This also means that the Cat is free to come and go any time and doesn’t have to be afraid the Queen and King of hearts.

  23. 18. I think playing cards were used because they were inanimate, and since everything in this world is backwards, it makes sense. The Queen of Hearts was used probably as irony, because the Queen has no heart as she wants to execute everyone.

    19. I think its neat the role reversal, however probably cruel to the animals.

    20. The Duchess finds a moral in everything much like Alice tries to find a moral in everything in her real life. Everything is done for a reason.

    21. I think this definition of “lessons” is funny. Most think lessons is what you learn in class, not that what you learn “lessens” each day.

    22. I think the court room scene was the same as an actual court room because it reflects the government of Alice’s real world. Just like the Caucus Race, everybody is told what to do by the government, and either punished or made to run in circles to get an answer to anything.

    23. Alice starts to realize she’s dreaming when she starts being able to manipulate the things that are happening.

    24. Alice’s sister is reminiscing about Alice’s childhood since Alice has grown up now and this dream she had was sort of like the last imaginative moment of her childhood.

    25. Alice did grow up since the beginning, which is why the dream ended and Alice went back home.

    26. My favorite character so far would be the Cheshire Cat, because most cats dont smile, and he seemed really friendly. He knew a lot about what was going on and helped Alice along the way.

    27. I can probably relate most to Alice, I suppose, because sometimes things seem to be going mad and you get caught in the middle of it.

    28. My favorite weird thing in Wonderland is the mushrooms and cakes that can make you get bigger or taller. That would be great if you needed to be tall to reach something or small to crawl under something.

  24. 21. The Duchess doesn’t make sense when she makes everything have a moral. Alice’s logic is once again in the confused state.
    22. The Mock Turtle’s lessons are a bit strange, because each day they are shorter than the previous day.
    23. The court room is probably the same as in reality, because Wonderland is ruled by a King and Queen. There’s always a consequence to what the people of the kingdom do and a trial must take place, although it seems useless, because everyone is found to be guilty.
    24.Alice realizes it was just a dream when she finds herself with her head resting on her older sister’s lap and that the “cards” were just leaves falling down from the trees.
    25. Alice’s sister pretends that some of the things Alice described in Wonderland were real, because she is reminiscing about being young.
    26. I think Alice is stuck in between childhood an adulthood, so she is not yet fully capable of being seen as grown.
    27. My favorite character is the Cheshire Cat. He is quite unusual and makes some sense of Alice’s Wonderland.
    28. I guess I can relate to Alice, because when I was young, many children seemed to be imitating adults, while I was still trying to be a child and have fun using my imagination.

    Book Club Dare:

    I have watched both of the movies and I like the cartoon version the best. It relates more to the book, but differs a lot too. There’s more characters in the movie that Alice comes across and she seems to not be dreaming. The live version movie is entertaining, but Alice is boring. The best part is the Mad Hatter and the Queen.

  25. 29. My favorite weird thing when Alice’s neck grows so large and the bird calls her a serpent. The picture in the book was very funny too!

  26. 1. In Wonderland, everything is unusual (as is through the looking glass), but in the looking glass everything is backwards in a physical sense. She has to walk backwards to walk forwards, otherwise she returns to the beginning again.

    2. Alice is invisible to the chess pieces because in this chapter she plays the “God” to the chess pieces. She is the invisible force, helping them get to one place to another and writing down what they need to write.

    3. Because she is in a mirror image. So to get to something she must move away from it.

    4. Yes, when the Queen explains who Alice will meet based on the squares of the game, it foreshadows the rest of the story.

    5. I think its an interesting way to set up the story. In Wonderland, Alice met each character in no particular order. In this story, she meets them based on where her next move is on the chess board.

    6. I think in the looking glass its neat how everything is name for what it is or does like the “Bread and Butterfly.” In our world, we classify everything into categories.

    7. This upsets Alice because if the guy wakes up, that means she is a figment of his imagination and not real. What this says about the existence of God, is that like the man sleeping under the tree, God, too has the power to create you or get rid of you as he chooses, even as easy as waking up and eliminating you from a dream. This scares Alice because she does not have control of her life.

    8. Anything is possible, but not everything. Living to 100 is possible, as it has been done many times.

  27. 11. I think the Caterpillar is Alice’s subconscious in a sense. It’s almost like he is her rational mind – her link to reality.
    12. I think maybe he means the poem itself is wrong. Maybe he means that you can act any way you want at any age, you are never too old to act young.
    13. I have no idea why the baby turns into a pig!!! Maybe it has something to do with how the baby was grunting first?
    14. Since part of me thinks that Alice is dreaming all of this, I think the Cheshire Cat is part of her subconscious too, telling her that she must be mad if she can think up a whole world like this!
    15. It makes Time more of a character, rather than a thing.
    16. I can’t think of any answer to that! Maybe that’s the point…
    17. One half of each of these phrases makes sense, but the other half of each phrase has a meaning that’s more like nonsense. Like other people wrote, for example, if you ate everything you saw, that would be ridiculous!
    18. I don’t know why Lewis Carroll picked the Queen of Hearts over the other suits, but the only thing I can come up with is that maybe because the heart usually represents love and good things, so in this world of nonsense, she is of course, the opposite of that. Maybe he used playing cards because of higher and lower social ranks – like Kings and Queens, but the number cards are the servants.
    19. I think it’s the perfect thing to use in a story about “Wonderland”. A place full of nonsense and wonder should definitely be filled with things that are not normal every day things, like talking animals and things like that.
    20. I think the Duchess is another layer of Alice’s subconscious, trying to make sense of everything around her. But I think she represents the grown-ups in Alice’s life, always telling her what’s right and what’s wrong.
    21. Of course, they sound like pure nonsense, so a perfect fit for this story. And I think it’s funny that they start at 10 hours, then “lessen” to 9 hours, etc.

  28. Hi all!
    I am new to this book club! So, let me start with the questions:
    1. I have read this story not too long ago, so I wont be reading it again for this month. However, if I had more time (no other books on my night stand) I would look forward to reading it again.
    2. If I saw a white rabbit dressed in clothes, I would certainly follow it. Maybe not down a tree, but at least for a little while.
    3. I think Alice is dreaming. In a dream, all sorts of things happen in all sorts of ways, and this is quite like that.
    4. I think that her constant changing in size reflects the fact that she is a young girl, growing up. She can only go through the small door because to believe in fairytales (and the adventures she has in her dream) you have to have a more vivid imagination, like little kids have.
    5. Movie comparison: In the book you would have a lot of internal dialogues which might be a bit boring for the audience. To make the door handle speak, it’s a bit more engaging.
    6. The caucus race shows us how confused Alice is, her mind running in circles and not slowing down.
    7. I would be less surprised by the talking mouse and birds, even though I would still find it very curious(er and curiouser).
    8. Alice tries to adapt to the new rules and customs of Wonderland, but in the process finds herself getting more and more confused about who she is. This is quite similar to a teenager growing up. You try to adapt to the world (and by all means fit in!) while you’re wondering who you are.
    9. No, her having read fairy tales makes it even more plausible that it’s a dream. In a dream, you usually incorporate all sorts of memories and fragments of things you have read or seen.
    10. The puppy is ordinary, because it behaves like a normal dog should.. not talking or wearing clothes, but just interested in a stick.
    Movie comparison: I think the puppy was removed because he doesn’t really add anything to the story.
    11. The caterpillar is like the adults in Alice’s life, who keep asking her things she doesn’t know and correcting her in her answers. For a child, it can be confusing to have to deal with adults, because often you don’t know what is expected of you.
    12. I like the little poem/riddle, the old man is happy because he grew older. Being old is a good thing here, like Alice has to grow up.I believe the caterpillar thinks it’s wrong from beginning to end, because it’s a parody on another poem by some poet (don’t know his name).
    13. The baby is not treated very well by the Duchess, so that would leave its marks on the kid. It grows up to be a pig, in other words.. a terrible adult.
    14. Wonderland is a part of Alice’s imagination. So if she thinks that Wonderland is a mad place, she must be mad herself.
    15. I think it refers to father time.
    16. I read somewhere that it is because: Poe wrote on both. I like this answer.
    17. The first part of the sentences is how it usually is, and the second part is taking that into the extreme. Although, in the case of Alice… say what I mean and mean what I say are more alike than the others.
    18. You would normally associate the Queen of Hearts with kindness and love, but here she is almost the opposite. I think there are playing cards, because they have some sort of ranks and therefore make the Queen more important than the number 3 or 4. In this way it makes fun of people with authority.
    19. The role reversal is fun, and it shows that in Wonderland everything is strange. It takes Alice a long time to come to terms with that.
    20. The duchess is like the adults and other children’s books in Alice’s world. But for kids those things can be irritating. Alice knows that sometimes there just isn’t a moral necessary.
    21. I love the definition of lessons! This is a great example of Lewis Carroll’s genius! For kids, this would be an ideal school.. fewer lessons every day!
    22. Alice constructs the court room in Wonderland from her own imagination. She only knows how a courtroom looks like in the real world, so that is what it looks like here. Everyone is told what to do, but it is still very confusing.. like the caucus race.
    23. Alice finds out that she has control over some things in Wonderland and that it really is a silly place. She finally starts to see that its time for her to move on, to wake up.
    24. Alice’s dream is all about growing up. The sister remembers her own struggles and experiences in growing up.
    25. Alice has not really grown up since the beginning of the book, but you get a sense that she will. She is in the middle of growing up, while still holding on to her childlike imagination.
    26. Aside from Alice, I like the Mock Turtle.
    27. I can most relate to Alice (of course). She is the main source of reason in this book.
    28. What I love most about Wonderland is the logic in argumentation. I love the dialogues in this book. The best ‘event’ would be the Tea-Party.

  29. 22. I think the court room is there because Alice dreamed it up that way, but all the craziness that goes on there could only come from Wonderland. I think it relates the caucus race by showing another way that government and “grown-up” things are viewed by Alice in her mind.

    23. I think the moment is when she says “You’re nothing but a pack of cards” and then she thinks the whole pack of cards flies up in the air onto her head. But then she wakes up and realizes it was just the leaves her sister was dropping.

    24. Because she likes to reminisce about being a child again.

    25. Well, it doesn’t really say much about Alice after she woke up, but I imagine after all her trials in Wonderland, I’m sure she grew up a little, but still embraces being a child. Maybe now she will realize she doesn’t want to grow up too quickly!

    26. I’ve always liked the Mad Hatter because he’s just so strange and crazy. I like his riddles and nonsense, and of course, his tea party!

    27. I can most relate to Alice because even though I am an adult now, when I was younger, I used to want to grow up. But now that I am, I wish I could be a kid again!

    28. My favorite weird thing in Wonderland is the Red Queen and her loyal playing cards. I also like the Cheshire Cat and his constant appearance throughout the book.

    Book Club Dare: Well, I’ve seen both the cartoon and the live action movie. I like them both for different reasons. The cartoon follows the book more closely and I’ve always loved it! The live action movie doesn’t follow the book because it takes place later in Alice’s life, and it’s a little darker and weirder, but it was really interesting beautiful to watch. So I like it too. Another version of the Alice story I really like is a made-for-TV version that was made in 1985 starring a girl named Natalie Gregory. It was a really cool version that left in almost all the parts of the book! Check it out if you can!

  30. 27. I think I most relate to Alice. I also like talking to myself and thinking about weird things. And actually Alice is the only character in the book the reader can actually know something about, we can read about her actual thoughts and feelings. The others just appear for some time, but we can’t figure out who they really are. So it is easiest to relate to Alice.
    28. My favourite weird thing is the lobster quadrille! 😛 I have danced some contradances with many different figures and changing partners myself and I know that they can be crazy and confusing at first. So the lobster quadrille is a very witty parody of contradances. The song that goes with it is also funny especially when you imagine the mock turtle singing it in a ver sad voice. 🙂

  31. Through the looking glass
    1. The difference between the looking glass and wonderland is everything is backward in the looking glass while in wonderland everything is one of a kind.
    2. Maybe becasue the only things visible are the stuff the chesspeices believe in and since they don’t know Alice they don’t believe in her therefore she’s invisible.
    3. Due to being a mirror image she needs to move backwards to go forwards
    4. Yes I beleive it will
    5. I think it gives it an interesting twist and will hopefully help me understand chess a little better.
    6. I like how everything is named for what it is and what is does better than how we classify things.
    7. It upsets Alice because she beleives a little that if he were to wake that she might be gone for good. I would say that a greater existance is there and that we believe that someday it might change it’s mind about our purpose and get rid of us this scares Alice because she feels like she has no control over her life at all.
    8. I believe that anything impossible is possible it just depends on your mind set and what you believe in.

  32. 9. It compares to what the gnat says because according to Humpty Dumpty that’s why he is the shape he is.
    10. Humpty means that when he makes words work hard or do more than there original meaning they were ment for that he pays them extra but payment is never explained in the book.

  33. 1. Wonderland has no certain rules, but Through the Looking Glass is divided into chess squares, thing happen according to chess rules and several things are turned around according to the mirror effect. In Wonderland the madnes begins right away, but Through the Looking Glass at least the part Alice sees from the mirror is similar to her own world.
    2. She is just too big. In real life we also often miss the most general and obvious things and get stuck in details.
    3. The simple answer would be: because looking glass turns everything around. The more complicated version and what the author is probably trying to say is that sometimes we just have to be open-minded and also listen to some good advice from the others to achieve something.
    4. It certainly does, but the Queen is quite hasty and general in her explanations so there will be still enough room for surprises.
    5. In my book there is even an explanation of the chess game described in the story with the picture of the original stand of the peices. Unfortunately I can’t play chess and don’t understand the rules, but the story is enjoyable even without understanding. As the author was also a mathematician, he certainly enjoyed writing such an exercise into his story.

  34. 1. “Through the Looking Glass,” is sort of similar to Wonderland as there are strange characters who Alice meets, but it is more complex and focuses on Alice imitating how adults act.

    2. Alice is probably invisible to the Chess Pieces, because she is stuck between her reality and the non-reality of the world in the looking glass.

    3. I think Alice keeps returning home because she is going frontwards instead of backwards. Everything in this new world is the total opposite of her world.

    4. The Queen basically tells Alice who she will meet when she goes through the squares on her journey to become a queen.

    5. The story being in relation to the game of chess is like real life in some ways. We are all pieces on a chess board.

    6. I really never thought too much about the names of things, but I guess it is like children who give names to certain things..for example a bird is called a chirp chirp or something to that extent.

    7. The whole idea that Alice is part of the Red King’s dream and not existing beyond that could be like how some people feel in every day life. This probably scares Alice, because she doesn’t want to believe she isn’t a real person.

    8. Impossible things happen every day. Just look at how advanced technology has become.

    9. The gnat explains that everything is named for how it looks or acts, etc. Humpty Dumpty is round like egg, so his name suits him.

    10. I’m not quite certain why he says he pays extra when he makes words work harder. Maybe he strains himself to think of words?

    11. The whole concept of nobody is strange. It reminds me of what my grandma said to me when I said the word nobody “Who is this nobody you speak of?”

    12. The bargain between Alice and the unicorn is fair enough. If unicorns don’t exist then humans don’t exist, but if they both believe in eachother they both exist.

    13.If you are always prepared for everthing you aren’t prepared for anything. You can’t simply tell what will occur in the future, so there is no sense in preparing for everything possible.

    14. I have not the slightest idea why are the poems are about fish. I’m going to guess it has something to do with that whole “being a small fish in a big pond” saying.

    15. The dream is most definitely Alice’s.

    16. I didn’t like any of the characters in the second story. I am still fond of the Cheshire Cat and the Mad Hatter.

    17. My favorite weird thing is how Alice can go through the looking glass. It would be cool if we could actually go through mirrors to an opposite world.

    18. I like the first story better, because it is more fairy tale like than the second story where it is Alice being more proper like an adult.

    19. I would recommend the book to anybody who likes Alice in Wonderland stories. It was a good book, but not as good as the first.

    20. The age group who would most read the book is probably pre-teens.

    Discussion Project: My Wonderland would be full of unusual characters straight out of fairy tales. I love the idea of a world made up of dragons, faeries, witches and all the fabled creatures. Add in the Charlie and the Chocolate Factory candy and I have the best world ever.

    Book Club Dare: I am going to give my book to my sister and see if she enjoys it as much as I did.

  35. Here are the rest of my answer for Through the Looking Glass:
    1. Wonderland is more like a world where everything is different from how Alice would expect it to be. Through the Looking Glass is also strange, but much more structured. The rules are based on the mirror-effect and chess.
    2. Maybe Alice is invisible because it’s not Alice herself whose in that room, but her mirror image. She isn’t really there, so the chess pieces can’t see her.
    3. She is in a mirror, so when she goes one way she goes the other. If she wants to go FROM the house, she will go TO the house
    4. Yes. For instance, Alice will meet Tweedledee and Tweedledum and Humty Dumpty in later chapters.
    5. I think it’s an original way to tell a story, but it’s also a bit confusing. Of course, that shouldn’t be so unexpected given the rest of the book. I am not a great fan of chess and therefore I am a little less interested than other readers may be.
    6. Well, I think things are named in our world because it has proven to be a much more convenient way. If the Looking Glass way was better, we would do it like that I suppose.
    7. People like to believe that they exist in their own right, that they are important enough to exist all by themselves. In my opinion, people exist, and not because some God created (imagined) them, but just because they do.
    8. I do not believe in the impossible, because it is, by definition, not possible. However, I do like to fantasize about the impossible, and think about the things that might seem impossible but that are merely improbable.
    9. Humpty Dumpty is saying that every name describes something. Just like the gnat said. He says his own name describes his shape.
    10. I think he just says that to finish the argument. He treats the words he uses like ‘people’ and in that sense he compares them to workers that he uses and pays salary. So when he uses them for more than their original intention, he compensates by paying extra.
    11. In this book, it’s all about the literal meaning of words and how you can use them. People are named for their attributes and words are treated like they are people. I dont know another story where “nobody’ is confused for a real person. (I am curious now!)
    12. I think the bargain sounds fair, but in reality it’s nonsense. You don’t need reciprocity when you believe in something. It’s all up to you to believe in something else. You can even choose to believe that your subject believes in you and if you don’t believe in the other, it doesn’t matter whether he believes in you because he doesn’t exist as far as you are concerned.
    13. It’s a good thing when you take precautions that are actually useful. It’s a bad thing when you are prepared for so many things that it only hinders you. Also, the knight shows that you can’t be prepared for everything, so it’s no use trying.
    14. The characters in her adventure in the Looking Glass are probably based on her own cats, who she was playing with just before she fell asleep. And because the characters are actually cats, they’re very interested in fish.
    15. It was Alice’s dream (most probably) because she is the ‘real’ character and the Red King is not. Of course, it’s all still possible that we all are a figment of the Red King’s imagination, but if that is the case… he is extremely detailed in his dreaming! Wow! 
    16. My favorite character, apart from Alice, is the White Knight. He’s adorable in all his clumsiness.
    17. I love the story of the Walrus and the Carpenter. Mostly because of the Disney version I have to admit, but still.. I also like the fact that Alice has to walk backwards in order to go forwards and vice versa. The thing I love most about the book is, just like in Wonderland, the overall logic and rules.
    18. I think I like Wonderland better, because I am not much of a chess lover. However, I think the Disney movie where they combined elements of both stories is probably best.
    19. Yes. I would recommend the book to anyway who is interested in word and logic games and who isnt too scared to read a ‘children’s book’.
    20. I think it was meant for kids of all ages. I think it’s very funny for kids, but equally enjoyable for adults. It was for me.

  36. 9. I think most every word has some sort of meaning. If you look up your own name, you will find it has a meaning.

    10. I think Humpty means that when he uses a lot a words or big vocab words, he sounds better/smarter for it, and in the end that’s how he pays extra. (?)

    11. Based on how words were treated earlier in the book, Nobody is a word that is treated as a proper noun, because the characters believe there is a meaning to every word! The other story that involves “Nobody” is the story “The Odyssey.” You can read the passage where this occurs, here: http://www.mythweb.com/odyssey/book09.html

    12. I find this bargain funny. Who ever thought of a Unicorn needing to believe in a human? Its always the other way around. But in this world of Alice’s, something like this is possible.

    13. Being prepared could be a good thing, because if something happens, you will have what you need. But it can also be a bad thing because sometimes you don’t always know what will happen, and you could be missing out on a lot of things by preparing for everything instead of enjoying life.

    14. I really couldn’t tell why the poems are all about fishes, but I definitely like Leoloco’s answer!

    15. I think the dream was Alice’s!

    16. My favorite character is still the Cheshire Cat, but I sort of like the talking flowers, too.

    17. My favorite weird thing in this story is the talking flowers. How neat are they?!

    18. I liked Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland better. It had a lot of neat characters and its from a movie I grew up with. I think the second story is a bit more confusing with all of the chess motifs.

    19. I would recommend this book to a friend. I’d also wonder why they haven’t read it yet!

    20. Its funny, because this was made into a kid’s movie, but I don’t think kids would understand anything going on in the story! I really think it takes someone who can evaluate the story better to get it.

    Project: My perfect Wonderland would be a place where there was no madness like there is in this story. I don’t think I’d want to be around all that crazy stuff all day. It’s bad enough that there’s crazy stuff in reality.

  37. 1. I haven’t read the story before. In the beginning I thought, it’s strange but interesting, let’s see how it continues.
    2. In real life? No. But in some kind of fantasy or dream, yes.
    3. I think she’s dreaming. Things are the way they are sometimes like in my dreams as well. One thing leads to another with no real conclusion. And the way things are wouldn’t make sense in real life though they seem to make a lot of sense in the dream.
    4. Um, the small door is the only one with a fitting key… I didn’t think much about the significance when I read it, except that the small door seemed different from the others.
    Alice’s size is something she doesn’t seem to be able to control except with certain things she can drink or eat that are “given” to her. But even with those, she can never be sure which way it’ll go.
    5. Movie Comparison: In movies, some things are changed to move the story along faster. Maybe the movie is also for children who can’t read yet…
    6. People/creatures need motivation to run or do any big task as this. So the race is a good excuse. But in the end there doesn’t need to be a winner. It’s better motivation if they don’t know from the beginning. But most will be satisfied in the end as long as they get a prize.
    7. I’d probably be more inclined to think that that’s just the way the world is, with talking animals and such.
    8. Her logic adjusts somewhat to Wonderland’s logic, but she’s still aware that it’s weird. I don’t see how it would have anything to do with entering adulthood.
    9. No. The fairy tales would influence how Wonderland unfolds, but I still think it’s a dream.
    10. Except for its size it’s exactly like a real puppy.
    Movie Comparison: It was less interesting than the other characters and in movies some aspects always have to be left out to shorten the story.

    To be continued

  38. I thought I would finally catch up with my answers, too. I enjoyed reading the ideas of others so maybe someone cares to read mine, too… 😉

    6. Never thought about it before… I think that on one hand just labeling might lack soul, but on the other hand living creatures (especially humans) are so complicated that all of their features would not fit inside one name. Native Americans solved this problem elegantly: people had several names during their life, the names described their true nature and a new name could be earned by special deeds.
    7. People often have felt unsure about their existance. We can wake up from dreams, but we don’t have a guarantee that our life is not a dream, too. And if people are created by God they can be also destroyed by God. Red king symbolises God in this story and the author playes with the idea that the whole world can be just gods dream or fantasy. Philosopher Berkeley has written about a similar idea: maybe the whole world is just our senses and when nobody senses it anymore, it stops existing. Luckily Berkeley is truly religious and reassures skeptics that there is no need to worry because god senses the world even if others don’t at the moment.
    8. Well I certainly believe that far more things are possible than average people believe. And believing and working hard to make it happen make many seemingly impossible things possible.
    9. Actually it is very similar to what the Gnat said, but the Gnat went even farer claiming that names should include not only description but also purpose.
    10. Humpty describes words as people who work for him. Human workers usually get extra salary for working hard, so why words shouldn’t? 😉
    11. This is again an example of Carroll’s absurd humour. Coming back to the idea that every word should mean something a person called Nobody should be literally nobody, but this eliminates the option of being a person – here’s the absurd and paradox! The motive of a witty hero calling himself Noboby to escape the revenge of an evil, but stupid character is actually quite widely spread in different nations myths and fairy tales. TheBlueMorpho already mentioned one most famous version in the Odyssey, but a similar version also exists in an Estonian fairy tale called “Rehepapp ja Vanapagan”. Rehepapp (a man working in a threshing barn) introduces himself to Vanapagan (Old Nick) as Nobody and promises to cure Vanapagan’s eyes, but actually he pours hot melted tin into his eyes, making him blind. Vanapagan also yells in pain that “Nobody” hurted him.
    12. This sounds like a really fair bargain! It might sound funny with fantasy characters like unicorn, but actually this bargain describes what trust is all about. We can’t trust others when we don’t believe in them, but it is very hard to trust somebody who doesn’t believe in us.
    13. No one can be prepared for everything unless they are extra sensitives who can predict all events to come, but I doubt throughly if such sensitives exist. So, I’m certainly not prepared for everything. But I admit that sometimes I tend to worry too much about some things in the future, but I am also able to think of some solutions if I know what to expect. So, worrying too much is the bad side of being prepared, but knowing how to act is the good one.
    14. I like Leoloco’s answer, too! I also thought that this must be connected to Alice’s cats. But water creatures already appeared in Wonderland’s lobster quadrille… Maybe it is also the fact that the underwater world and it’s creatures is more surreal for us?
    15. The dream was Alice’s, but who knows, maybe the Red king keeps dreaming of us all?
    16. I like the White Knight and his romantic and melancholic nature.
    17. The garden of talking flowers and the forest with weird insects were beautiful and crazy at the same time.
    18. I liked “Through the Looking Glass” better because in this story more attention was paid to the characters. In “Wonderland” they come and go hecticly, but in “Looking Glass” Alice has longer conversations with each of them and this brings the nature of the characters out better.
    19. Yes, I would. It has brialliant fantasy and humour and they capture more hidden ideas and problems than it might seem at the first glimpse.
    20. Alice Liddell, who inspired Carroll, was seven, but in the books are also hints that only grown-ups can understand. So I think 7-107 🙂

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